My favouritism of Michael Shannon will never be explainable, especially considering he really doesn’t provide me with many brilliant performances. He was the best part of the affably dull Nocturnal Animals and his villainous turn in The Shape of Water was pretty good. However, he’s never had the chance to express himself as leading man material, at least not in anything I’ve been watching.
In The Iceman, Shannon plays real life mob hitman, Richard Kuklinski. A biopic of this scale and size probably shouldn’t have been contained to such a low budget and a one hour forty runtime, but Shannon manages to salvage everything he can. He doesn’t give a brilliant performance, but it’s solid enough to carry the entire movie.
As for the rest of the cast, they follow suit. David Schwimmer is in the movie for all of two scenes, as is Chris Evans who provides his most forgettable performance to date. But while you’re watching, it doesn’t seem all that terrible. Their performances certainly aren’t noteworthy but at least they keep the film moving along at a semi-solid pace.
I’ve not seen any other movies directed by Ariel Vromen, and after watching The Iceman I can’t say I’m ecstatic to watch any of his other outputs. His direction provides no unique voice and feels like anybody could’ve been put behind the camera for similar results. Maybe with a bit of better focus on the cinematography then this one would’ve worked a lot better, especially since his soundtrack usage is brilliant.
If it weren’t for the inclusion of Shannon and a whole host of other familiar faces (including Winona Ryder) then The Iceman would probably be even more forgettable than it already is. A solid drama biopic that really doesn’t have any defining or interesting scenes; but at the same time isn’t terrible enough to not watch at some point in your life.